Stain ProtectansThe most common name people hear in fabric protectants is Scotchgard. There are other products as well such as Stainguard, Teflon and the like. What they do and how they work is a mystery to many people, so here is a quick primer on these products.

Protectants have a special ability to stick to the fiber, and this can be on a carpet or upholstery. Consider it like a soft coating like plastic, but you don’t necessarily feel it. This is done out of necessity because no one wants to change the feel of a leather couch or cherished lounge chair.

The only drawback to these products is since they sit on the surface, they will eventually fade and need to be reapplied.

Most think that once applied, the surface can take almost anything thrown at it, but this is not the case. Only a hard finish, like a plastic will provide almost 100 percent protection.

Protectants work by bonding to the fiber’s surface on a molecular level. It dries. Spills and stains will now resist liquids to a large degree. This gives the owner time to blot up the spill before it sets. Even with the best protectant, it will still stain if not taken care of quickly.

It is important to consider that all liquids are different and may or may not bead on the surface of the upholstery. Temperature, content and fiber all make a difference in the effectiveness of the protectant. Synthetics, for example, will often stain even with protectant applied.

Another positive element of the protectant is it protects the furniture itself. Rather than wearing out the surface fibers, you are wearing down the protectant first; so proper and regular applications are recommended.

Finally, there are plenty of protectants for the homeowner, but these lack the protection of professional and commercial grade products. If you are curious about how you can better protect your furniture or carpet, call us at Clean Pros Carpet Cleaning. We can help you make the best decisions about your carpet and upholstery.